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Congressman John Conyers

Representing the 13th District of Michigan

CONYERS CONDEMNS MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR’S ANTI-UNION REMARKS

August 3, 2017
Press Release

Detroit, MI – Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) released the following statement in response to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s anti-union remarks:

“Detroit paved the first mile of road, made the automobile a household good, and built the Middle Class.  General Motors, Ford, and FCA are only three of the more than a dozen auto makers in America—but they employ two-thirds of American autoworkers.  They have invested billions of dollars over the past few decades in Southeast Michigan.  They do the majority of their design, manufacturing, and surrounding services right here in America—and they offer their employees a much larger voice in their workplace than Governor Bryant apparently wants for his own citizens.

“Governor Bryant’s statements are a typical cheap shot.  I would be offended if he was not so transparent: he is simply parroting what the anti-worker special interests he serves want him to say.

“As someone whose own family fled Jackson, MS for opportunity in Detroit—and who still has some family in Mississippi—I wonder why is it that Bryant does not think workers in his state should have a voice?  The Mississippians I know are smart and sharp.  They should have the same say in their workplace as anyone else. Perhaps as the Governor of a state ranked 51st in household income—Bryant should focus more on empowering workers—and less on doing the bidding of anti-union billionaires who reward him for keeping wages low and workers silent in his state.”

 

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